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Additional Food recalls
March 25, 2013
Food Recalls – Pet Food Safety Recalls and AlertsHello from Dr. Ilona Rodan, Dr. Lauren Demos and the Cat Care HealthCare Team:

The following cat food recalls have been documented since February 18, 2013. We are concerned that some of our patients may be eating one or more of these diets. There are more dog food recalls, and there are also ferret food recalls. To get more information about the lot codes, and other pet foods, please go to:

Included in the recalls for cats are the following brands:

 Cat food recalls due to potential to be contaminated with Salmonella:

Evo Cat and Kitten Turkey and Chicken canned and dry
Evo Cat Herring and Salmon Formula canned and dry

Innova Cat Turkey & Chicken Formula

Innova Cat Turkey & Chicken Senior 8 Plus Formula

Innova Cat Turkey & Chicken Weight Management

Bravo! Raw Food Diet Chicken Blend for Dogs and Cats in 2 lb tubes

Pet food recalls due to low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1):

Diamond Pet Foods: Diamond Naturals Kitten Formula dry cat food bags and samples

Diamond Pet Foods: Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula in 18 lb. bags

Diamond Pet Foods: Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula in 6 lb. bags

Diamond Pet Foods: Premium Edge Kitten Formula in 6 oz. samples, 6 lb. and 18 lb. bags

Diamond Pet Foods: 4health All Life Stages Cat Formula in 5 lb. and 18 lb. bags

Pet food recalls due to pieces of plastic:

Nature’s Valley Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 6 lbs. bag

Nature’s Valley Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 36 lbs. case

Please let us know if you have any questions or would like other diet recommendations.

Thank you,
Dr. Ilona Rodan

Voluntary Food Recalls- 3 more companies
March 18, 2013
American Animal Hospital Association has announced 3 more Voluntary Food Recals made by Diggin your dog strips, Bravo! and Premium Edge/Diamond Naturals.
Click on the link below to find out more about the recalls!

February is Dental Awareness Month
February 1, 2013
It's Dental Awareness Month!! Which means it is time for a photo contest. What's the Prize?? A free bag of Royal Canin Dental Diet to prevent tartar and plaque from building up. Send us either through facebook or via email ( a picture of your cat doing their best smile or yawn or anyway we can see their teeth. By the end of February we will vote and you get a free bag of Prescription Royal Canin Dental Diet! Your cat must be a patient of ours to win! Or if your cat can't be on the diet you can always donate the food to Dane County Humane Society!! Send us those pearly white teeth!

Holiday Hazards- Watch Out!!
December 18, 2012

Holiday Hazards

The holidays are coming with all of the decorations, beautiful plants, and rich foods that make this time of year so special. However, some holiday treasures and traditions can be potentially hazardous to your pets. Common holiday decorations such as tinsel, electric lights, angel hair, and mistletoe can lead to life-threatening health problems for animals. The following are common holiday hazards and recommendations for making your holiday safe for your pets.

            Tinsel, though sparkling, shiny, and bright, is an attractant for small animals, particularly cats. The newer tinsel is made of plastic, making it tough and resistant to breaking. While this is good for the adornment of the tree, it can lead to serious intestinal injury if it is ingested. The tinsel stretches out within the intestines, causing the intestines to bunch up over this tough unbreakable thread. The “sawing” action of the intestines over the tinsel can lead to rupture of the intestines and life-threatening infection. Surgery is frequently required to remove the tinsel and repair any intestinal damage. Any signs of vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, or straining to defecate should be reported to the veterinarian immediately. Ribbon, string, thread, yarn, or dental floss can have the same harmful effects when ingested.

            Small glass ornaments can be easily ingested and can cut the mouth and intestinal tract. Keep these ornaments high on the tree and out of the reach of pets. Angel hair, made of thin glass fibers, can cause skin irritation upon contact. And, special care must be taken when placing the electrical cords, keeping them out of reach of pets, especially young puppies and kittens. Should your pet chew on an electrical cord, the electrical currents from the live cord can cause life-threatening problems such as abnormal heart rhythms, shock, lung edema, and burns to the mouth and tongue. These problems can occur immediately or within hours. Owners typically notice their pet is having difficulty breathing. Immediate treatment is needed and the pet should be taken to a veterinarian immediately.

            While mistletoe may initiate a kiss from a loved one, when ingested by a pet, it can stimulate vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, shock, seizures, and possibly muscle tremors. Death can occur, depending on the amount ingested. The milky sap of the poinsettia plant can cause irritation to the mouth and digestive tract. Ingested holly berries can cause severe gastrointestinal signs and depression of the nervous system. Drinking the water from a Christmas tree can cause GI upset (vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite). The water contains phenol, which can cause liver damage. It is vital that any pet known to ingest any of those plants be seen by a veterinarian for immediate treatment.

            It is important that a veterinarian be notified immediately should you be concerned that your pet has been exposed to any potential holiday hazards. The Exceptional Care for Animals is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as an extension to the Cat Care Clinic. They can be reached at (608) 274-7772.

                                                Happy Holidays

Cat Care Clinic @ Kids Extravaganza
June 23, 2012
Cat Care Clinic had a great time at Dane County Humane Society's Kid Extravaganza this weekend! We had kids decorate cups and then they were able to plant cat grass in them to take home and watch it grow.  There was tons of activities on hands for kids and animals were getting adopted all day. Check out our facebook page for the pictures from the event!!

June 1, 2012
Have you been thinking about adopting a cat?? Well June is a great month to do so since it is Adopt a cat month!! Check out our Available cats for adoption on our website or on our Facebook page.  We have Pumpkin and Rasputin here who would love to find their forever home with you!!
Check out the video below for more information about Adoption a cat Month!

September 14, 2011

This is a heartwarming story about a cat who had been lost for 5 years and because of a tiny, rice grain sized microchipped, was rehomed with her owners.
Approximately 8,000 animals are rehomed every MONTH because of Microchips.  Even if your cat is and indoor only cat, you never know what may cause them to accidentally get outside.  This story is a great example of that. 
If your cat isn't microchipped yet, please call the clinic to set up an appointment!
Enjoy the article!

Cat finds it way home after 5 years!!
January 1, 2011

 This is a great story about why Microchips are so important for every pet.  Even though your pet may be strictly indoors, you never know what may cause the to accidentally escape or get outside.  Over 8,000 animals are rehomed every MONTH because of the Microchips.  If you haven't had your cat microchipped yet, please contact us to set up an appointment!!


Vet's view: Animal hospitals aren't created equal when it comes to cats
September 3, 2010

Vet's view: Animal hospitals aren't created equal when it comes to cats

By Patty Khuly Special for USA TODAY

Did you know that not all veterinary hospitals are created equal when it comes to treating cats? Some approach felines with a mentality that suggests they're more like small dogs than a separate species with its own unique needs.

For example: Some hospitals will systematically handle cats roughly, their staff will blithely place cat-occupied carriers alongside caged barking dogs, or maybe they'll hospitalize them in full view of slathering canine predators.

Cats often leave hospitals like these completely rattled and traumatized. It's no wonder each subsequent vet visit seems to take more out of them than the time before. When some cats don't recover well after surgery or hospitalization, it's no stretch to suggest that sometimes it stems from a dearth of feline sensitivity.

Beyond the high-stakes stress, some hospitals simply fail to keep up with issues inherent to feline medicine (vaccine protocols, low-stress handling techniques, diabetes management, etc.). Yes, it's true: Cats often get short shrift when it comes to research dollars and veterinary care.

That's partly because studies show pet owners are more likely to spend their hard-earned dollars on dogs over cats — by about two to one. Some veterinarians argue it's hard to get deeply involved with a case when you know a client is likely to nix their cat's proposed treatment based on the fact that "it's just a cat."

But it's also because cats can be tougher to work with. It's my opinion that felines require a little more patience — as do their owners. After all, cat people can be a little quirky ... not that I mind, full of my own quirks as I am.

Moreover, some practices are just not set up to handle cats as well as they handle dogs. Barking, in particular, is a huge stressor for cats. And that can be rough for kitties whose vet visits take place across a thin wall from a room loaded with boarding dogs. Which is why cat-only hospitals exist.

Yes, some cats are better off going to a cat-only hospital instead of a combined affair. Not only are feline practitioners, on average, more likely to be up-to-date on issues like vaccine protocols and cat-specific approaches to medicine and handling, but the atmosphere is typically serene compared to canine/feline facilities.

Problem is, these practices are not always available. Nor should you assume that feline-exclusive veterinary practices are always the right choice.

For starters, it's tough to take your dog to one place and your cat to another. It's hard to build multiple relationships with professionals when finding a vet is already such a difficult prospect. And many times, dog-and-cat places do manage to offer an ecumenical approach to canine and feline medicine along with plenty of concessions to feline stress.

So let's get back to the issue of how many cat-only practices are available in any given municipality. In most major metropolitan inner cities there's often a wealth of opportunities to sample, and a variety of feline practitioners to select from, whereas in places like Miami (for instance), there are only a couple to choose from.

The chances that they're far from you is probably quite high — not exactly the best approach during a serious emergency or possible emergency.

Nonetheless, it might be worth your while to give your cat(s) the opportunity to experience one of these places. If your cat seems inordinately stressed at the vet's, or is acting out aggressively at your average cat-dog hospital, and especially if you're looking for a veterinarian with cat-specific skills, you might want to give this tack a try.

But that's not to say your own vet can't be persuaded to use another room (if the barking is louder in one than another), or that you shouldn't ask for an appointment at a low-traffic time. And, as I mentioned earlier, it's not even a given that every dog and cat hospital will be noisy and/or cat-phobic/cat-unfriendly.

Still, it's important that you investigate every opportunity to have your feline cared for in the manner you believe she deserves. If that means seeking out a cat hospital, vets like me agree: As much as we like treating cats and would mourn your loss as a client, we want your cat to get the best care possible for his/her needs.

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